National Education Report (NBB) 2015

Project Lead: Lorenz LassniggMario SteinerStefan VogtenhuberGabriele Pessl
Duration: July 2014–March 2016
Funding: Federal Institute for Education Research, Innovation and Development of the Austrian School System (BIFIE), Federal Ministry of Education and Women's Affairs

Preparing and co-editing of Volume 1 on statistical indicators. The Volume provides a comprehensive set of indicators which presents the provision and performance of the Austrian education system based on a detailed framework, comprising the different stages of implementation (input-process-output-outcome and context) and the policy priorities (employability - matching of supply and demand - accessibility). Specific performance dimensions specify the priorities (competences - structural employment dimensions - target groups).


Contribution of chapters to Volume 2 on in-depth analyses of principal topics in educational policy. The chapter on “early school leaving” is characterized by innovative concepts concerning quantitative and qualitative research. On the one hand side it includes a regression model, explaining early school leaving by characteristics of the education system and practice of system-actors. On the other hand side we develop a qualitative typology, explaining success and failure of educational biographies dependent on structures they are embedded in.

The chapter on „educational financing as a governance-problem“ focuses on two conflicting messages dominant in the public discourse: the perceived discrepancy between high levels of expenditure and insufficient results on the one hand, and the call for more funds in education budget to improve results on the other hand.

The chapter on „school autonomy“ relates school autonomy to the problems of governing educational systems. Alternatives to the complex structure of the Austrian educational governance structure are considered as well as the state of the art in international research on the topic.